Blues boss to rotate squad for Champions League opener

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Chelsea's Champions League Group Stage Preview

The Blue's missed out on last season's Champions League after finishing 10th in the Premier League.

We have a good team and the guys that started deserved to play the game.

"I have more experience as a player", said Conte. "You have a tough league, the Champions League, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup".

"We must understand we are starting a path".

Manchester City and Manchester United remain more heavily favoured in this season's Premier League title race by some pundits, while expectations for Chelsea's return to the Champions League are seen as relatively modest. In England it is not easy to do this.

"When you make decisions there is always a risk".

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"They have a lot of players who play for the national team".

"When you play this type of competition you play to try to do your best and try to win every game, to go step by step".

"To play seven games in 21 days is not easy". I'm very calm as I trust my players'. Danny Drinkwater, though, is likely to have wait before making his Stamford Bridge debut.

Gary Cahill, the club captain, is desperate to play having served a three-match ban following his sending off in the season-opener against Burnley.

Chelsea return to Europe's elite competition against Azerbaijan champions Qarabag this evening.

Antonio Conte's side had won five of their previous six away games against Leicester and started in confident fashion, buoyed by back-to-back wins over Tottenham and Everton. They are also the last English club to win the competition (2012).

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Conte has Champions League pedigree as a player, reaching four finals, winning once.

The ever-popular enhanced video player will be showing a Celtic v PSG live stream on BTSport.com via the banner below and on the BT Sport app. The combative French midfielder won the PFA and Football Writers' award last season after his performances inspired Chelsea to the Championship. "But it's about the team doing well and they've done alright". He will need to produce the performance of a lifetime to keep out the attacking threats from Qarabag's group opponents.

Although Chelsea will still fancy their chances of getting through to the knockout stages, squad strength could well become an issue after that.

The first hurdle for Chelsea to overcome is the Champions League clash against Qarabag, but in all honesty, that shouldn't be too hard for the star-studded Premier League champions.

This is Antonio Conte's third Champions League campaign as manager.

But in the quarter-finals, Juventus found themselves in deep water against Bayern Munich.

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